Stephens qualifies for first WTA finals , Latest Tennis News

Doug Mendoza
October 18, 2018

Sloane Stephens has qualified for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore from October 21-28, 2018.

"Finishing the season as the world number one past year was a huge honour for me", Halep said in a WTA news release.

"I came here to make sure that I am able to play, because my back is not great yet", she said.

Halep in the updated world rankings broke away from her nearest competitor Caroline Wozniacki on 960 points. She has been at the top of the rankings for almost the entire year even though her results suffered as the season wore on.

With momentum on her side, Garcia broke Pliskova's serve twice to claim her first WTA title since her back-to-back triumphs in Wuhan and Beijing a year ago.

"I feel great. I feel very happy that I am on top two years in a row", Halep told a news conference at Moscow's Kremlin Cup, a joint ATP and WTA event.

"It's really hard and I feel it every year, and I feel it more and more, to be honest".

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"I'm honoured to qualify for my first WTA Finals", said Stephens, who was runner-up to Halep at Roland Garros earlier this year.

"It has been an wonderful year, the best year of my life in tennis".

Trailing 5-1 in the tiebreak, Garcia made the most of Pliskova's two backhand errors to clinch the opening set after just over an hour of play. "I have already three-four days getting ready for this tournament", Halep said. I know it's not an easy injury.

Spain's Rafael Nadal maintained the top spot of men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday with 7,660 points.

Djokovic overtook Switzerland's Roger Federer in the standings, pushing him down to third.

Meanwhile, Australia's Matthew Ebden jumped 11 positions up to the 40th, after reaching the quarterfinals of the Asian tournament.

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